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Fuchsia Anne Ravena from the Philippines has been crowned the winner on Miss International Queen 2022, the world’s largest trans beauty contest. The 27 year old from Cebu province was crowned during the televised final in Pattaya on Saturday evening (25th June).

The pageant, which has been running since 2004 but which did not take place last year because of the Covid-19 pandemic, featured 23 contestants. Aëla Chanel from France came third, with  Colombia’s Jasmine Jimenez claiming the runner-up spot. The theme of this year’s contest was “Pride Together”.

Addressing the audience from the stage, Ravena said that her gender transition “had not been easy”, adding “I always think that the most beautiful asset of being a human and being a trans woman is not just a head that’s full of knowledge — [it] should be a heart that’s full of love and respect, an ear that’s ready to listen and hands that [are] willing to help other people,”

“The acceptance in my own home is the best gift I’ve received throughout my trans journey.”

”The trans community still has so (far) to go in the fight for equality” Ravena added in a video. “And to be given this moment to speak up, I really want to maximise this opportunity and make a difference as much as I can.”

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Ravena, who is the third trans beauty from the Phillipines to claim the title since the pageant was founded in 2004, won 450,000 baht, roughly equivalent to £10,300.

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